OPSB approves construction of electric cogeneration facility in Butler County

OPSB approves construction of electric cogeneration facility in Butler County 

Columbus, Ohio (Jan. 26, 2009) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) today approved a proposal to construct a 57 megawatt (MW) electric cogeneration facility in Middletown. The facility will be owned and operated by Middletown Coke Company within the 250-acre site where the company is building a coke oven plant.

The cogeneration facility will capture waste heat from the coke plant, convert it to steam, and then utilize that steam to generate electricity through a single turbine generator. The facility will connect to the regional electric grid through two existing 69 kilovolt transmission lines. According to the company, the cogeneration station will provide approximately eight highly paid, skilled jobs in addition to 67 positions at the coke plant.

On June 6, 2008, Middletown Coke filed its application for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need to construct the cogeneration facility. Following a review of the application, OPSB staff filed a report recommending that the Board authorize construction. At a local public hearing held on Oct. 14, 2008 in Middletown, 3 witnesses testified about the proposed facility.

On Oct. 30, 2008, Middletown Coke and the OPSB staff filed an agreement that settled concerns raised in the staff’s report. The agreement, approved by the Board today, authorizes construction of the cogeneration facility subject to 12 conditions that the company must meet to remediate the environmental and economic impacts presented by the project.

The OPSB reviews applications for the siting of large electric and natural gas generating and transmission facilities in Ohio. The 11-member board is comprised of representatives of the PUCO, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the state departments of Development, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Health, the Ohio General Assembly and the public. The Chairman of the PUCO also chairs the OPSB.

Additional information regarding this project is available on the OPSB Web site at www.OPSB.ohio.gov.